How to Make Hot Cocoa Bombs

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Hot cocoa bombs are the hottest trend this holiday season, and the best part is you can make them at home for the same price it would cost you to buy a couple of hot cocoa bombs. 

In case you\’re just hearing about this trend hot cocoa bombs or hot chocolate bombs are little balls made of chocolate and have been filled with hot cocoa and sweet surprises like marshmallows and sprinkles inside. Place the hot chocolate bomb inside an oversized mug, pour hot milk (bring it to a boil) over the hot cocoa bomb and it will start to melt and begin to magically release the marshmallows and hot chocolate that are hiding inside. 

If you\’re looking to make these fun hot chocolate bombs at home, you\’ve come to the right place. I am sharing a step-by-step guide on how to make hot cocoa bombs, that is packed with tips and tricks including the secret most videos leave off to creating the perfect closure. 

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What are hot cocoa bombs?
Hot chocolate bombs are chocolate spheres filled with hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, and other sweet surprises. When you place a hot cocoa bomb in an oversize mug and pour steaming hot milk over the top of your hot chocolate bomb the chocolate will begin to melt away and release the contents of the hot cocoa bomb.

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What kind of chocolate to use?
You want to use good quality chocolate. I like to buy some from a local candy store, however, you can buy bar chocolate like Lindt, use Wilton chocolate wafers, even the Aldi melting chocolate is great, and more. I actually used Good and Gathered melting chocolate from Target for these hot cocoa bombs. 

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How to melt chocolate?
To melt your chocolate you can either use a double boiler or melt it in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish on defrost in 15-second intervals, stirring in between.

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What kind of mold do you need to make hot chocolate bombs?
You can use a sphere chocolate mold or a silicone sphere mold. 

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How do you apply the chocolate to the mold?
If you\’re using a silicone mold you will want to use a paintbrush. If you\’re using a hard plastic mold you will just pour in some chocolate and circle it around the sphere.

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How do you put the spheres together?
This part is key to getting your hot cocoa bombs to stay together and is the part many videos and how-tos leave off. However, it is the MOST important step and the way for you to get a flawless seam.

1. Place a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.

2. Once the cookie sheet is hot, take it out of the oven and set the chocolate half you will be filling onto the hot cookie sheet.

3. Swirl it around until all the sides are even.
Pro Tip: This is critical if you want your two halves to line up. If you do not create an even surface then your hot cocoa bombs will not properly line up and you will have to add chocolate to them and it won\’t look great. 

4. Remove it.

5. Then you will fill that half of your hot cocoa bomb with your hot chocolate goodies.

6. Once you have it filled, repeat the same process with the other half of the cocoa bomb, but instead of filling it, you will place it on top of the filled one.
Pro Tip: Make sure that this half is even so it will seamlessly attach to the other half. 

Note: If you have a hole, place some melted chocolate in a plastic baggy, cut the corner of the bag off and pipe it onto the hot cocoa bomb wherever there is an opening. 

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What kind of hot chocolate mix should you use in hot cocoa bombs?
Use whatever hot chocolate mix you prefer. I personally like Trader Joe\’s and Aldi\’s hot chocolate.

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What kind of marshmallows should you use to make hot chocolate bombs?
Any mini marshmallows or dehydrated marshmallows you\’d like! 

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Can you decorate the outside of a hot chocolate bomb?
Yes, you can decorate the outside of the hot chocolate bomb. Just remember that this will become apart of your hot chocolate. If you\’re adding a bunch of glittery sprinkles to the top, ultimately that will be apart of the hot chocolate that you\’re drinking. 

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How to make Hot Cocoa Bombs: 
Now that you\’ve read all my tips and tricks on how to make the perfect hot cocoa bombs at home. I am going to go through step-by-step how to make them. This process is the easiest one I have found that creates the most flawless 

1. Melt your chocolate
I prefer buying melting chocolate that comes with a tray. Not only does it make cleanup easy, but the chocolate melts perfectly. 
Pro Tip: If melting your chocolate in the microwave you want to always make sure you\’re melting it on defrost in short intervals. 
DO NOT USE CHOCOLATE CHIPS. They will not work!

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2. Add chocolate to mold
Paint or pour your melted chocolate into the mold. You don\’t want it two thin or two thick – so look at the bottom and if you can see through to the top you\’re going to want to add more chocolate. 

3. Place in the freezer to allow the chocolate to set
Once you have the mold-covered in chocolate place it in the freezer to allow the chocolate to set. This will typically take a couple minutes. 
Pro Tip: Don\’t leave the long in the freezer too long or your chocolate will get white spots. 

4. Remove from the mold
Once the chocolate has set you will want to remove it from the mold. I like to line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and tap the mold to get the chocolate to release.

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5. Warm up a cookie sheet
Place a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F. 

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6. THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP

Once the cookie sheet is warm, remove it from the oven. Place half of the hot cocoa bomb you will be adding the hot cocoa and goodies to onto the hot cookie sheet. Swirl it around to create a completely smooth surface. 
Pro Tip: During this step, you will be able to remove any flaws that may affect the two halves from seamlessly going together. 

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7. Fill \’er up!
The half you just made even, you will now fill with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, candy cane pieces, sprinkles etc. 
Pro Tip: For the best-fit start with sprinkles, candy cane pieces.. etc,  then marshmallows and top with the powdered hot cocoa. 

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8. Sealing the two halves together – IMPORTANT
Repeat step 6 with the half that does not have the cocoa and marshmallows in it. Immediately place it on top of the half that is filled. The two halves should seamlessly go together. 
Pro Tip: If the halves do not seal properly together, you can add some melted chocolate to a plastic baggy, snip a small piece of the corner of the baggy, and pip some chocolate in the areas that need to be sealed shut and smooth it out with a spoon.

9. Decorate
Decorate your hot cocoa bombs however you\’d like. If you\’d like to add chocolate swirls on top you can simply put some chocolate in a baggy, snip a small piece of the corner of the baggy off and pipe your desired lines or design. 
Pro Tip: The possibilities are endless. Just keep in mind everything on the outside and the inside of the hot cocoa bomb ultimately makes up your hot cocoa. 

10. Gifting
If you\’re giving the hot cocoa bombs as a gift, I recommend placing them in a cupcake liner and then putting them into a clear bag and attaching a decorative tag with instructions.

11. HAVE FUN!
Good luck and have fun making these adorably delicious hot cocoa bombs. If you have any questions feel free to reach out and ask me! 

Hot Cocoa Bomb Flavors:
If traditional hot chocolate with marshmallows is not your thing, and you\’re more interested in something gourmet, here are some great ideas. 

Peppermint
Peppermint is my personal favorite way to enjoy hot chocolate. I love adding a candy cane to my hot cocoa, and thought I would take my hot cocoa bombs to the next level by adding crushed up candy canes to the inside of the bomb with the marshmallows and cocoa.

Coffee
My mum is a huge fan of hot chocolate and coffee mixed together. So in her hot chocolate bomb, I added a teaspoon of instant coffee (or expresso).

Add a little spice
If Mexican hot chocolate is more of your speed add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the inside of the hot chocolate bomb.

Sea salt
I don\’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of chocolate and sea salt. You can add some flaky sea salt to the inside or outside of your hot chocolate bomb.

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